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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

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Simple Self Care Tools to Help Digestion

I sat down with Holistic Health Coach Jessica Ruth Shepard to talk about simple self care tools that will help your digestion! 

These are S I M P L E and quick so you can add them into your day no matter how busy you are and reap a ton of health benefits. 

Hell yes! 

 

We go over: 

~ The important nerve you need to know about to stimulate the gut/brain connection

~ How simple exercises can help eliminate things like brain fog, anxiety, + depression

~ 8 quick things you can do daily to help digestion

 

PLUS, we challenge you with an assignment you can start right now! 

 

WATCH:


*Don't miss out on the exercise you can do with us that starts at 10:00 in the video - it'll take you 30 sec to do!!!

 

Try our challenge at one meal for 7 days! 

 

We'd love to hear how it goes, so share with us in a comment below: 

~ How do you feel immediately after you do this technique?  

~ What did you notice about your digestion throughout the week?

- Which other technique will you try (splashing water on face, meditation

chanting, deep diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, laughter, massage, probiotics)?  

 

If you're looking for more support around your health, mind/body connection, and digestive ease find out more about Jessica at www.jessicaruthshepard.com.

 

With love and body kindness, 

xoxo elyse

 


HIYA, I'M ELYSE!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online programs. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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6 ways to befriend your body right NOW

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6 ways to befriend your body right NOW

The brain is the organ that learns, so it is designed to be changed by your experiences…whatever we repeatedly send and feel and want and think is slowly but surely sculpting neural structure.
— Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph. D.

So then, what do you want to teach your brain? 

And how can your daily experiences - what you repeatedly send and feel and want and think - inform that learning? 

I want PLAY, JOY, LOVE, GROWTH experiences. 

I want to befriend my body, rather than feeling like my body and I are in a constant struggle.

I want to show up with confidence, with optimal health, and with vibrancy to the things I'm passionate about. 

(Just to name a few) ;)

 

What about you? 

 

The beauty is, it only takes a few simple changes – done consistently – to start creating thoughts and behaviors that will help you feel better in your body. 

I wrote an article for Sivana East about 6 of my favorite ways to use mindfulness throughout the day to start to respect, honor, and feel better in your body.

They might not seem like *such* big deal things to do each day, but these changes have had huge impacts on sculpting those good 'ol neural structures of mine, so I hope they're helpful to you too. 

 

 
 

Read it here! 

 

*Spoiler: My favorite is #5. 

Can you guess what it is? 

That's right, the #JOYworkout. 

In my online programs, we talk about a JOY workout as something that gets you moving, but feels like SO MUCH MORE than a "workout" just for the sake of squats + push-ups.

It could be something like:

  • blasting your favorite music for 10 minutes and having a dance party at home,
  • going out for a nature walk or bike ride,
  • heading to the pool for a swim,
  • or playing hopscotch!

Most importantly, you’re getting your body moving in a way that feels good and finding a type of movement that you really truly enjoy!

Taking a little time to PLAY is Mar del Plata, Argentina!

Taking a little time to PLAY is Mar del Plata, Argentina!

Moving your body does wonders for your physical health as it increases your cardiovascular endurance, strengthens your muscles, helps with balance, creates better sleep, aids in digestion, decreases stress, and much more.

It also gives your mental health a boost. You get a dose of warm fuzzy positive endorphins leading to a natural boost of confidence, as well as feelings of happiness and joy.

A few minutes of a JOY workout and BOOM, usually feeling better already!

So, two questions for you:

 

1. What is your JOY workout?

(I'll go ahead and answer the most commonly asked question... YES, sex counts!)

2. What helps you feel good in your body (right here, right now, today)?

 

Leave me a comment and let me know!

With love and blending fitness + mindfulness! 

xoxo elyse


HIYA, I'M ELYSE! 

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online 21 day workout program. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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3 simple things to calm your mind

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3 simple things to calm your mind

I was tossing, I was turning, my mind was going a mile a minute, and most importantly it was 1am and I wasn’t sleeping.

This was the eve of Labor day here in the US, the unofficial end of summer, the week of ‘back to school’ mentality, and I was up all night worrying about every single tiny detail of my life.

Ever happen to you?

Here are 3 simple things to do when your mind is on overdrive:

1. Breathe

When your thoughts are going a mile a minute, your breathing is probably speeding up as well and increasing your anxiety. Zone in on your breath to focus your attention and heighten your experience of this present moment.

Try this:

  • Lightly close your lips
  • Breathe in and out through your nose
  • Count how long it takes you to inhale
  • Match that count to the count of your exhale

Ex: Inhale for 1-2-3-4, Exhale for 1-2-3-4.

Continue for at least 8 breath cycles. 

2. Write it out + be curious about the struggle

Remind yourself of this: The one thing we can count on? Impermanence.

Things will always change. So what you're struggling with right now? It may be monumental* or it may be minute, but no matter what it WILL shift, change, and make you grow over time.

Maybe it will be a catalyst for saying No to an unhealthy relationship, maybe it will be the brick wall forcing you to follow a different career, maybe it will be the injury that urges you to listen more deeply to your body.

This moment always changes.

What if instead of rushing to figure out all the details, you had patience and curiosity around where you are right now?

My favorite tool for being curious is simple pen and paper.

Get your pen to the page and write out all your questions (and perhaps some answers will pop up too).

  • What’s bothering me right now?
  • What is this really about?
  • What’s important about this?
  • What do I truly want?
  • What’s the next step I need to take to get closer to what I want?
  • What do I KNOW about this?
  • What don’t I know about this?
  • Where do I feel this in my body right now?
  • And now?... And now?

You might find that after writing it out, it’s already shifted.

*I’m referring to ‘struggles’ that are not putting you in danger, abuse, or extreme risk. If you are experiencing that, please seek professional help to change your situation as soon as possible.

3. MOVE

Get up and move your body! Gentle, slow, and steady movements can help relax your nervous system, help relieve places in your body where you’re holding onto tension, and get you from feeling stuck and frustrated to creative and inspired!

My favorite quote from Julia Cameron speaks to this,

Exercise is often the going that moves us from stagnation to inspiration, from problem to solution, from self-pity to self-respect.

We do learn by going. We learn we are stronger than we thought. We learn to look at things with a new perspective.

We learn to solve our problems by tapping our own inner resources and listening for inspiration, not only from others but from ourselves.

Seemingly without effort, our answers come while we swim or stride or ride or run.

By definition, this is one of the fruits of exercise: ‘exercise: the act of bringing into play or realizing in action’ (Webster’s Ninth).

Follow along with me in these short videos to join me in moving your body:

Over to you... 

Tell me, which one of these resonates with you the most? 

Do you have go-to simple tricks you do when you need to calm your racing mind? 

I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 

With love and a calm mind, 

xoxo elyse


Hi, I'm elyse!

I'm a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people moving with in-person training and my signature online 21 day workout program. I want to help people drop the guilt/shame game around exercise and start working out with ease and kindness. When I'm not doing squats and sun salutations, I'm dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com


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On Being Fit + resetting your nervous system

On Being Fit + resetting your nervous system

As a passionate yoga + meditation teacher and holistic lifestyle coach, Ellie Aaron truly embodies everything she teaches and practices. In every interaction I have with Ellie her friendly warmth, compassion, and earnest desire to connect, support, and enhance people's lives is so apparent!

I love how she values connecting with people, and even hosts her own podcast "The Ellie Aaron Hour". She's certified from Yogaworks-200 Hour Training, the OM 500 hour Certification, and is a graduate of the OM Meditation Program and of IDP's Yearlong Meditation Immersion and Instructor Training Program. Ellie credits yoga and meditation with transforming feelings of anxiety and self doubt to confidence and joy in her body and mind. She helps others to re-connect with the wisdom inherent in their bodies and hearts, so they can embrace the beauty of what life has to offer.

I'm so excited to share what she's offered us today from her own practice. Read on!

Meet Ellie Aaron:

How Do You Help People Stay Healthy?

I support them in creating a loving relationship with their body and mind through yoga, meditation, and health coaching.

 

 

What Is The #1 Thing Someone Could Do TODAY To Feel Better In Their Body?

Breath deeply! This resets the nervous system and has a calming effect on the body. Take three full slow breaths. Inhale for a (slow) count of 5 and exhale on a (slow) count of 5. Do this 3 times.

 

 

What's Your Advice To Someone Who's Having Trouble Getting Started With That?

Ask a friend to it do with with you!

 

What Does A Typical Day Look Like For You And How Do You Fit Movement Into It?

I usually teach 3-4 classes a day, eat tasty delicious foods, and connect with people I love. I fit movement into my day- by making it a priority! I'm currently doing a 365 days of yoga + meditation challenge for 2016. Practice has to last at LEAST 5 minutes, and because I set the bar low (5 Minutes) it usually ends up lasting 15 Minutes (if not much more) and I feel accomplished! Start small. But do it daily.

 

 

What Other Practices Keep You Healthy? In Body And/Or In Mind?

I connect with friends I love. Friendship is pure medicine. Love is pure medicine. So much of pain and disease comes from feeling lonely and a lack of connection. Knowing there is always someone there to connect with grounds and nourishes me profoundly!

 

 

What Is Your JOYworkout?

*Elyse calls a "JOYworkout" a form of movement that is something more than a workout for workout's sake. It's exercise and it's ALSO something that: a) you just plain LOVE to do, b) builds your community, c) teaches you a new skill, d) enhances your spiritual life, e) helps you give back, f) gets you outdoors + is adventurous.

My JOYworkout is pole dancing and sensual movement dancing! It makes me feel vibrant, alive, and powerful. It moves out emotions that are stuck in my body. Time vanishes and my body takes over- and its oh so freeing. It often feels mystical and like some divine entity has joined me as I dance. I adore it.

 

 

If You "Fall Off The Wagon" With Your Health + Wellness, How Do Get Back Into It?

I come back to my intention. That I want to feel good in my life, and that starts with my health. Without that, its hard to do anything else. Intention gives me motivation to start again. Whether it be the next minute, the next day, or week.

 

 

Where Are You Getting Your Motivation From Right Now?

My 365 Days Of Yoga & Meditation challenge!

 

 

What Is A Motto Or Quote That You Live By?

Love Everyone & Tell the Truth. ~ Neem Karoli Baba

 

 

Thanks So Much For Sharing With Us Ellie!

If you're inspired by how Ellie combines sensual movement, yoga, meditation, and self-love practices, take a look at these exciting events she has coming up:

Find even more at her website: ellieaaron.com

who's elyse?

Elyse gets people moving with in-person training and her signature 21-day at-home workout program. She helps make movement a joyful part of one's day, and inspires confidence with her kindness and personalized approach. When she's not doing squats + sun salutations, she's dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or gathering other Lovely Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their most passionate lives.

Want to be more kind to yourself as you get fit?

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